Kentwood's police and fire departments went through active shooter training at the Woodland Mall recently.
The training took place at the former Sears department store, located at the west end of the mall.
Woodland Mall and the Kentwood Police Department have been longtime partners. Utilizing the mall for the active shooter training gave officers a chance to train in a large retail space with multiple rooms, stories, elevators and escalators.
Kentwood law enforcement were joined by the Grandville police officers and other local agencies for training.
The Kentwood police and fire departments practice active shooter training ever two years, as viable spaces become available. The training at the Woodland Mall allowed for the entire department to participate -- a total of 55 members of Kentwood police and fire departments were there.
“Spaces like malls, factories and schools provide real-life settings that allow officers to train in, and adapt to, different situations,” said Kentwood Police Captain, Bryan Litwin.
“This was an excellent opportunity to practice our skills in a location we would not normally have access to, and we appreciate Woodland Mall’s willingness to give us this chance."
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